Aerobics instructor catches Myanmar coup kicking off in workout video – We Are The Mighty

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An aerobics instructor filming her exercise routine accidentally caught the beginning of a military coup in Myanmar earlier this week. The video shows a convoy of black military vehicles headed for the parliament complex in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmars capital city, as she goes about her workout.

The footage shows fitness instructor Khing Hnin Wai working through an aerobic routine as more than a dozen blacked-out SUVs and armored vehicles approach a roadblock behind her. Those vehicles reportedly carried troops who went on to capture Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected State Counsellor of Myanmar, as well as other members of the nations elected government.

In an ironic twist, the music playing in the background of Khings video includes lyrics that translate to,They are coming, one by one, to fight over the throne.

Initially, many online assumed this video was a fake, since the framing of the dance and the convoys appearance behind Khing seems more like an SNL skit than the serious military coup thats taking place. Khing has continued to post on social media about the video, and was contacted byThe BBCin order to confirm the validity of her video.

I wasnt dancing to mock or ridicule any organization or to be silly. I was dancing for a fitness dance competition, wrote Khing on her Facebook. As it isnt uncommon for Nay Pyi Taw to have an official convoy, I thought it was normal so I continued.

The military of Myanmar hastaken overthe country and declared a year-long state of emergency following an election that saw Suu Kyi win in a landslide. The military is demanding a repeat of the election, citing unconfirmed reports of widespread voter fraud.

Suu Kyi first garnered international attention in the 1980s as she campaigned for her nation to restore democratic rule. After organizing protests and rallies that called for free democratic elections, she was captured and held in detention from 1989 until her release in 2010. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, which she accepted while serving a portion of her sentence under house arrest.

In 2015, Suu Kyi helped her National League for Democracy party secure victory in the nations first open elections in a quarter-century, propelling the former captive into the role of State Counsellor, a role similar to that of Prime Minister in other nations. Not all of Suu Kyis media exposure has been positive, however, as many cite Myanmars policy of treating the nations Rohingya minority group as illegal immigrants when criticizing Suu Kyi. Allegations of a military-led genocide of the Rohingya people forced Suu Kyi to answer for her nations actions at the International Court of Justice in 2019, though she denied any wrongdoing.

While there are no hard figures on how many Rohingya people have been killed, an estimated 700,000 have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since the military crackdown began in 2017.

Now, according to Myanmars military, control of the nation has been handed over to Min Aung Hlaing, who serves as the commander and chief for the nations forces. The European Union, UK, and United Nations have all already condemned the military takeover of Myanmar, and President Joe Biden has already threatened to restore previously ended sanctions on the nation.

Protests have reportedly erupted around the nation, with many citizens honking their car horns or taking to the street to bang on pots and pans to voice their displeasure with the military take-over.

The curse of the coup is rooted in our country, and this is the reason why our country still remains poor. I feel sad and upset for our fellow citizens and for their future, Suu Kyitoldthe press.

Katie Foley

photo credit: M1kha

Today there are over 40,000 nonprofits that focus on military and veteran issues, according toCharity Watch.

Most of those registered as nonprofits are chapters of larger organizations, but some of them are single chapter projects that focus on specific needs within the veteran community.

Here at We Are the Mighty, we wanted to explore some of those advocacy groups you might not have heard ofin a bit more depth.

Community Solutions is a nonprofit devoted to ending homelessness, and one of itsprojects, Built for Zero, is committed to eradicating veteran homelessness.

A report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments HUD Exchangeestimates that there are slightly more than39,000 homeless veterans (both in shelters and without shelter). While still a significant number, that number has seen huge decreases in the last few years thanks in part to partnerships with programs like Built for Zero.

Built for Zero is an intense national program that helps communities develop and implement drastic plans to addressthe issue of veteran and chronic homelessness, and the conditions that create it. The motivation is two-fold: homelessness costs local economies more money by sustaining shelters and emergency medical care, andthat veterans whove defended this country shouldnt be homeless in it.

Homelessness is a manmade disaster, and it can be solved, Community Solutionspresident Rosanne Haggerty wrote in the nonprofits2015 Annual Report.

Built for Zero partners with communities and teaches them how to come up with ways to pool and managetheir resources, tapping into previously non-traditional homelessness-fighting resources, like businesses, churches, and even real estate companies in order to address some of the conditions that impact homeless veterans.

Employment, transportation and healthcare are just some of the issues that the project addresses when fighting homelessness.

Community Solutions works upstream and downstream of the problem by helping communities end homelessness where it happens and improve the conditions of inequality that make it more likely to happen in the future, Haggerty wrote in the report.

Rather than make homelessness just a crime-fighting task, Built for Zero makes it a community task.

The techniques Built for Zero utilize have been proven to work. Earlier this week, a community in Wisconsin announced that it had eliminated veteran homelessness. To date, Built for Zero has housed over 40,000 homeless veterans, and helped 5 communities to accomplish their goals of eradicating veteran homelessness.

In 2015 alone, Community Solutions raised over $9 million through donations and grants. That money assisted in housing over 20,000 homeless veterans in 75 communities- and it saved tax payers an estimated $150 million doing it.

Check outhow you can get involved with Built for Zero and impact veteran homelessness in your community.

Ben Weaver

One thing thats great about being in the military is you get legitimate, professional license to practice sneaking up on people. Its the ten year olds dreamand no adult has ever, in the history of maturity, grown out of it.

Try this.

Google search sneak up gif.

Got it?

Great. See you in ten hours.

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Pictured above is Creeping With Intent To Scare Someone Crapless, a perennial favorite. Note that it isnt actually the raptor costume that makes this effective. This can be perpetrated to equal or greater effect eu naturale.

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And never underestimate the joys of the Tip-Toe-Tail-Tip-Tug, as demonstrated here. Be very, very careful who you do this to.

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And heres an example of the classic game, Whos Hunting Whom? Watch closely. Which dog do you most identify with? Your answer to this question will force irrevocable conclusions to be drawn about your personality.

For instance, Max is Dog #1, the hunter of the hunter of the hunted.

He makes it seem like hes working his core when in fact, hes lying in wait (Go90 Max Your Body screenshot)

Why is he Dog #1?

Because this is Max. Max doesnt sneak. Kids sneak. Max stalks. Stalks like a fox. His prey? Other jocks. And he doesnt wear socks. Max wears stalkings.

In this episode, Max gets down and dirty with the core-connected muscles that make it possible for you to low crawl toward your target and then lay down some suppressing fire from the prone position.

But admit it. You thought youd sneak out today without doing PT. Well, sorry, but Max has been hunting your ass since lunch break. Hes got you in his crosshairs and theres nowhere to run. Because he can take anything you cherished during childhood and turn it into a regimen for self-improvement (for example, rope swings).

Remember how you loved Spider-Man?

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Yeah, about that:

This is the crawliness thats about to be you. (Go90 Max Your Body screenshot)

Watch as Max ignores your pleas for mercy, in the video embedded at the top.

The U.S. Navy has suspended its search for nine missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain after looking in vain for more than 80 hours.

Despite help from other countries, the Navy was unable to find the nine sailors within a 2,100-square mile area. However, the Navy will continue to look for any sailors who may have been trapped inside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, which collided with a Liberian merchant vessel Aug. 21 east of the Malacca Strait.

In the aftermath of the collision, divers recovered the body of another one of the sailors, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, a 22-year-old from New Jersey.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

Here are the nine missing sailors,according to a release from the 7th Fleet(All photos courtesy of the U.S. Navy):

(no official photo available)

The Navy is still investigating the collision, and following the crash, the commander of the 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoinwas dismissed Wednesday, a rare event.Notably, Aucoin was set to retire in just a few weeks.

Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer has subsequently assumed command.

An investigation is still underway into the incident, buta Navy official told CNNthat the USS John S. McCain was hit by a steering failure and the backup steering system was not activated.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson stated Monday that theresno indication that a cyber attack knocked out the USS John S. McCains steering capabilities, but nevertheless the possibility of an attack will be investigated.

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United States Army

From working at McDonalds, to attending Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), to serving more than 18 years each in the U.S. Army Reserve identical twin master sergeants are mobilized together for the third time.

Master Sgt. Bryant Howard and his identical twin brother, Master Sgt. Joseph Howard, motor transport operators, 450th Movement Control Battalion (MCB), are currently deployed together to Kuwait marking the third time they have deployed together.

Bryant decided to join first.

I was in high school, (and) I was also working at McDonalds, and my mom called me lazy. he said. I figured I wasnt, so I was going to get her mad and join the Army.

For Joseph, the decision to join the Army was much easier after he found out that his brother was joining.

I tried joining the National Guard. The recruiter didnt take me seriously. Joseph said. I was going to back out, then I found out my brother was joining the Reserve, so I went ahead and joined too.

From left to right Master Sgt. Joseph Howard, S-3 (operations) noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC), 450th Movement Control Battalion (MCB), and Master Sgt. Bryant Howard, Trans-Arabian Network (TAN) NCOIC, 450th MCB, stand back to back at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Oct. 24, 2019.

(Photo by Spc. Dakota Vanidestine)

Once their decision to join was finalized, Bryant and Joseph needed to pass through Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) before leaving for basic training.

We were still in high school, just turned 18. We were trying to get on the battle buddy system, but something happened at MEPS and Bryant wasnt able to join the same time I did. Joseph said. He had to go back four months later. Because of that, they couldnt get us to Basic (Training) together, even though we went at the same time. I went to Fort Jackson; he went to Fort Sill.

Although the buddy system was not possible for Basic Training, the brothers were reunited at Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

We did go to AIT together at Fort Leonard Wood though. It took the drill sergeants a month to realize there was twins in the unit. They threw a fit because they thought we were just one super high-speed person Joseph said.

Confusion on the brothers identities, like at AIT, has allowed them to play pranks all of their life.

Our last day of high school, we switched classes. Bryant said. We had a different style uniforms in school I had a pullover, and he had a button up shirt. Josephs teacher could tell us apart, even though she didnt know me but my teacher didnt recognize him.

After high school, the military was not the only time that Bryant and Josephs paths have crossed.

We both worked at one time at Direct TV Joseph said. Also, we both had some sort of experience in law enforcement. I became a police officer, he worked in a jail he was a corrections officer. The weird part about that was if I dropped somebody off at jail, they might run into him and think he was me. We dont necessarily try to follow each other thats just the way things happen. It really is a small world.

Even today their civilian careers have brought them not only to the same state, but the same location.

Now were both mill-techs. Joseph works in the RPAC (Reserve Personnel Action Center) and I work for a unit Bryant said.

From left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Howard, Sgt. Michael Howard, motor transport operators, 498th Transportation Company, and Sgt. 1st Class Bryant Howard, motor transport operator, 850th Transportation Company, pose for a photo as Bryant prepares to redeploy back to the U.S. at Kandahar Airfield, April. 28, 2014.

We actually work in the same building two different units. I work for the 88th Readiness Division, he works for the 383rd Military Intelligence Battalion Joseph added.

When Bryant and Joseph heard about an opportunity to deploy together with the 450th MCB, they took full advantage.

We deployed together in 2003 and 2009 to Iraq Bryant said.

He deployed to Afghanistan at the end of 2013, and I deployed there in the beginning of 2014 so we were actually at the same place Joseph added. Our older brother actually deployed with me.

Currently, Bryant is the Trans Arabian Network Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC).

I am the NCOIC over all the movement within Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, and the surrounding locations. Bryant said.

While Joseph serves as the S-3 (operations) NCOIC by taking care of the personnel, administrative, and operational aspects.

Once this deployment is complete, the brothers may finally part ways. Joseph is considering retirement from the Reserve.

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